Diving with Manta Rays on Lembongan Island, Indonesia
Of all the footage I captured while filming Global Fusion Yoga in Indonesia, my favorite video hands-down was taken while diving with manta rays off the islands surrounding Bali. Growing up in Florida, I’ve been scuba diving since the age of 10, but swimming with these giant creatures has definitely been the highlight of my illustrious diving career. The stunning location of the dive site made the experience just that much cooler.
Lembongan Island is only a smooth thirty-minute boat ride from the touristy southern tip of Bali, but it feels miles away. Once the boat noses into the sandy bay, you have to hop off into shallow water, dig your flip flops out of the crate you put them in at departure, and collect your bag from the boat roof to walk off down the beach.
Aside from losing the feeling in your arms due to driving over rocky roads very much unfit for motos, the main attraction on Ceningan is the giant cliff jump. I didn’t take the leap myself, allowing my friend to test it out for me instead, but I’m pretty sure that makes me brave by association, so I felt accomplished regardless.
From this southern tip of Ceningan, we could see the largely uninhabited island of Nusa Penida, which harbors the majority of the dive sites in the area and lies at the meeting point between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Since the Pacific is at a slightly higher elevation than the Indian Ocean, this creates a “waterfall” effect where the nutrient-rich cold Pacific waters flow down into the warm Indian Ocean, resulting in healthy underwater habitats exploding with life. The marine life I was particularly interested in seeing was the manta ray.